Sidney Powell, a lawyer, entered a ‘guilty’ plea on Thursday to lesser charges related to his work to challenge Donald Trump’s defeat in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election, becoming the second defendant in the complex case to do so.
Powell, who was accused with breaking the state’s anti-racketeering law alongside Trump and 17 other people, entered the plea only one day before the jury selection phase of her trial was scheduled to begin.
She will have to complete approximately six years of probation, make a $2,700 reparation payment, and give an honest deposition against her co-defendants.
As part of a complex plan to retain the Republican president in office after he lost the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden, she was initially charged with racketeering and six other crimes.
Additionally, according to the prosecution, she took part in an unauthorized hack of voting machinery at a remote Georgia county election office.
The acceptance of a plea offer is a remarkable about-face for a lawyer who, probably more than any other, vehemently promoted unfounded conspiracy theories about an election that was stolen in spite of compelling evidence to the contrary.
She could shed light on a press conference she took part in on behalf of Trump and his campaign shortly after the election as well as a White House meeting she went to in the middle of that year’s December where theories and strategies to affect the election’s outcome were discussed, if prosecutors force her to testify.
A team from the computer forensics company SullivanStrickler was dispatched to Coffee County in south Georgia in order to copy the software and data from the voting machines and computers there, according to the prosecution’s allegations that Powell colluded with Hall and other individuals to gain unauthorized access to election equipment.